Iconic Melbourne buildings have received the sweet treatment again this year with Epicure’s annual Gingerbread Village. The delicious replica of Melbourne’s landmarks was officially unveiled at Melbourne Town Hall earlier this month.
Now celebrating its fifth year, the village has delighted over 180,000 viewers to date, treating them to intricate baked displays of Melbourne’s landmarks for the cost of a gold coin donation. And Epicure is cooking for a cause—the proceeds of this years display will go to Make-A-Wish Australia.
This magical feat, set to bring a smile to both children who visit and those supported by Make-A-Wish, is no small task. Under the direction of Epicure’s talented cxecutive pastry chef, Deniz Karaca, and with the help of his dedicated team, the exhibition takes some number of months to prepare.
“This year the village comprises some 500 kilograms of gingerbread, uses 360 kilograms of royal icing and 150 kilograms of marzipan,” says Karaca. “Our team skillfully created around 800 miniature Christmas trees for the festive backdrop. It’s a mammoth effort but our gingerbread-making sessions are loads of fun.”